If your computer is connected to the internet, it is essential
that it is protected with an up to date program that monitors what
is being transferred in and out of your computer.
That virus checker that was installed when you got your system
is probably useless unless it is regularly updated with new checking
Rule for Anti Virus Programs:
If it hasn't been updated in
the last 24 hours ago, IT'S PROBABLY OUT OF DATE!
Here's some programs that we have tried,
and have found to work well.
We use this at WebAngel. It is produced by Computer Associates,
and is based on the Australian developed and supported VET program.
and only $US9.95 for annual renewals - a real bargain.
Unlike other popular anti virus programs (ie Norton) it does
not use extensive system
and has never caused system lockups or crashes.
With the automatic
update feature, it's really a program
that you set and forget.
A free trial is available from www.my-etrust.com
AVAST - free for home use
as checking email for harmful content, this award winning program
also checks data coming in from things like Instant Messenger,
is important, as harmful content is often transmitted by methods
other than email.
This program is great for dialup users, as the regular update
files are quite small. You only have to download
the new entries - not the entire virus signature file.
We use AVAST at home - it's great. Download it at www.avast.com
AVG - free for home use
A popular checker that is free for home use is AVG, which
is available from www.grisoft.com. It
is efficient and works well, but attaches a promotional footer
to your outgoing email messages.
Trend Micro - Instant checker
To do an instant scan of your system if you don't have a checker
installed, pay a visit to Trend
Micro. ands try their online virus checker. You have to download
the checking program onto your computer, and this could take
a while if you are on a dialup connection.
Many other anti-virus programs are listed at virusall.com/downprodav.html
Firewalls & More
A firewall is also essential on a computer that is connected to
Please visit webangel.com.au/info/software.htm for more information.
While you are there, try out the "Shields Up" service
at www.grc.com to see if it is possible for hackers to access your
computer without your knowledge.
Additional Protection Requirements.
While it is essential to have a fully functioning anti virus program
on your computer, it is not sufficient protection from many
types of common internet attack.
Learn about other dangers, and what you need to do about them.